After a patient wait, Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft was ecstatic to successfully land all three of his key forward targets in last week’s triple transfer swoop.
Forest striker Tyler Walker, Oldham target man Craig Davies and attacking midfielder Otis Khan, of Yeovil, were all unveiled on Friday and a delighted Flitcroft said: “There’s been a lot of hard miles and real hard graft put into these deals and I’m delighted for everyone at the club and thank the chairman and Carolyn for their support in making these signings happen.
“They are three signings I’ve been chasing long and I’ve been chasing hard.
“I have kept going for my key targets and to pull them all off has taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes.
“I’ve not been deterred from my vision of what the team will look like and what it will represent to our supporters and I’m absolutely delighted with the signings, especially before the Portugal training camp next week.
“It was key that we got the players in this week to settle in with the group so in Portugal we can lay down our battle plans.”
Flicroft believes Khan will have fans on the edge of their seats.
“For six or seven months last season Otis just blew the league away with his potency and quality,” he said.
“The chairman and Carolyn have backed me on the fee for him.
“I look at him as a fan as well and, when I came into this football club, I didn’t see that player that gets the fans excited and off your seat. Every time he gets the ball you’re looking for him to do something.
“He can go either way. He’s got ballistic movement. He is a player that certainly excited me when I watch him. He can create something from nothing.
“He has a creative spark in him which is one reason I am bringing him to the club. I know we can improve the boy.
“He is the typical sort of Dave Flitcroft player who you can work with on the training ground and the value grows – he is an asset to the club.
“He is now in an environment in which he can flourish.
“He was a trainee at Manchester United and he has got Manchester United habits and Manchester United feet.”
Flitcroft has long been in pursuit of Tyler Walker’s services.
“When Mark Warburton was at Forest I made a phone call to him when Tyler was right on the fringe of the team,” he said.
“I kept mithering Mark but Tyler was catching fire in pre-season and was in and around what they were doing.
“So I couldn’t work with him then. But I kept tabs and kept tracking him.
“When Gary Brazil went in there I touched base with him too, but I think what’s put the deal over the line is the relationship the chairman and Carolyn have got with Nottingham Forest’s hierarchy.
“We have been trusted to look after their asset. He has an ambition to play in the Premiership and it was about how can we be a factor in getting Tyler Walker into the Premiership?
“The big thing for me is that Tyler did have good options. But when he saw our football plan he wanted to come and sign for us.
“He made that quite clear, with his dad’s blessing, which was important for me – an absolute legend of the game.”
Along with Khan and Walker’s promise, Flitcroft has also brought in the vast experience of Davies.
“I have always been able to work with a striker who wants to lead the line – someone who sees it as his ambition to lead a forward line,” he said.
“Craig has the calibre and personality to do that. He has the size and he enjoys causing centre halves real problems. He is a physical specimen.
“It has now linked the centre of the pitch up. He has the experience, knowledge, know-how and desire to really go and hurt teams.
“We have young strikers at the club so Craig gives us that bit of experience.
“These boys have got real quality at the top end of the pitch and vast amounts of pace and power which is what we needed in the squad.”